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BOCC Regular Session Highlights from October 14th

Post Date:10/15/2019 12:45 PM

Durham, N.C. – The Durham Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) met on Monday, October 14, 2019, in Regular Session. Highlights of the meeting include:


  • The Regular Session was called to order by Chair Wendy Jacobs at 7 p.m.
  • The Board approved a resolution honoring Little Miss Ava Lewis, a generous 3-year-old girl who came up with the idea of selling lemonade in front of her mother’s business on Hillsborough Road and using her proceeds to buy boxes of diapers and other supplies for families in need. Ava’s items were then donated to women residents of the Good Samaritan Inn operated by the Durham Rescue Mission. Read the resolution here.
  • Commissioners issued a proclamation declaring Oct. 13-19 as National Case Management Week in Durham County. National Case Management Week is an annual weeklong celebration of this essential health care practice to recognize the dedication, compassion and patient care outcomes achieved by the members of the Case Management Department throughout the community and across the care continuum. View the proclamation here.
  • County Commissioners the Board approved a resolution recognizing the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment Giving Women the Right to Vote. This resolution was requested by the League of Women Voters of North Carolina which was established in October 1920.
  • The Board proclaimed October 16 as Neighbors Feeding Neighbors Day in Durham County. Durham CROP Hunger Walk, Durham Congregations in Action and Church World Service are partnering with Durham restaurants to feed those in need. Read the proclamation here.
  • The Board proclaimed October 18 as National Mammography Awareness Day in honor of October as “Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and at the request of the members of the Alpha Zeta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Read it here.
  • The Board County Commissioners authorized the County Manager to amend the service contract with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the Durham County Integrated Reentry Program in the amount of $108,890 and authorize the County Manager to execute any related contracts, such as amendments, not to exceed budgeted appropriations.
  • The Board considered and approved a contract for a feasibility study for a DPS Central Kitchen. Durham County has agreed to be the fiscal agent for the contributions coming from the City of Durham and Durham Public School. The total dollar amount of this contract is $72,000.
  • The Board approved the 2020 meeting schedule which includes Work Session and Regular Session meetings, Joint BOE meetings, Joint City-County meetings, Budget meetings, Crime Cabinet, County recognized holidays and National Association of Counties (NACo) conferences. The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) 2020 conference dates/locations have not been announced.



  • FALL 2019 Youth Hiring Event – NCWorks and NEXTGEN are hosting this year’s Youth Hiring Event on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, from 1-4 p.m. at the ReCity Building located on 112 Broadway Street. To register online please visit or call (919) 943-2603 for additional details.


  • US 15-501 Corridor Study: Reimagining 15-501 – The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) are co-hosting a third public workshop for the Reimagining 15-501 Corridor Study on Thursday, October 17, 2019, from 6-8 p.m. in the Chapel Hill Bible Church, located at 260 Erwin Road, Chapel Hill. The purpose of this third public workshop is to review and comment on proposed concepts for addressing future transportation challenges in the U.S. Highway 15-501 Corridor between Ephesus Church Road in Chapel Hill and University Drive in Durham. For more information visit


  • Contractors Empowerment Event: Business Communications Simplified – All Business Owners are welcome to attend this FREE empowerment event on Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Archie K. Davis Conference Center located on 12 Davis Drive. The event overview includes: Professional Development, Expert Advice, Business Networking and Question & Answer Sessions. Please visit to register.


  • Information Session on Becoming a Foster Parent – Help change the life of a child by learning more about becoming a foster parent and meeting community partners who provide support to children in care at a Foster Parent Information Session hosted by the Durham County Department of Social Services on Saturday, October 26, 2019. The event will be held from 12-3 p.m. at the Durham Public Schools Career & Technical Education, 2107 Hillandale Rd., Durham, NC 27705. For more information, call (919) 560-8000 or email to


  • Come Hear About the Future of 300 & 500 Blocks of East Main Street – The Durham Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) selected Laurel Street and ZOM Living to execute on its vision for the two County-owned sites. The proposed plan includes a mix of affordable and market-rate apartments, commercial space along East Main Street, and parking for tenants and County employees. Please join Durham County and the development team at one of the following informational sessions:


    • Saturday, November 2 at 10 a.m. at the Holton Career and Resource Center located at 401 N. Driver St.
    • Tuesday, November 12 at 7 p.m. at the Durham County Human Services Building located at 414 E. Main St.


      To learn more about the redevelopment of the 300 and 500 blocks of East Main Street, please visit


  • 2019 Home Repair and Rehabilitation Programs for Durham County – Triangle J Council of Government is accepting applications for the 2019 Home Repair and Rehabilitation Program for Durham County homes (this excludes homes within the City of Durham). To qualify, one person in the household must be 62 years of age or older; a Veteran; a recipient of Social Security or Disability benefits or a child under the age of 6 exposed to lead-based paint. You must also meet a gross household income of at or below 80 percent of the median county income limits. Interested homeowners must apply by December 31, 2019. For additional information, please contact Erika Brown, Housing Planner with TJCOG at


  • ENGAGEDurham: Comprehensive Plan – The City and County are beginning work on a new Comprehensive Plan – the community’s vision for shaping Durham’s future growth. We invite you to join us at one of the five Listening and Learning Workshops listed below to gain more information.
    • Thursday, November 14, 7-9 p.m. – Hillside High School
    • Saturday, November 16 10 a.m.-12 p.m. – Carrington Middle School
    • Sunday, November 17 3-5 p.m. – Southern High School
    • Monday, November 18 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Durham County Administration II Building (201 East Main Street)
    • Tuesday, November 19 7-9:00 p.m. – Rogers-Herr Middle School


      If you plan to attend, please RSVP at


  • Durham County Library Needs Your Help – Do you love reading and art? Now’s your chance to have an impact on the transformed Main Library in downtown Durham. Fill out a short survey from the Durham County Library to help determine what kind of art will go outside the awesome new building! Take the survey now:


Board meetings are cablecast live on Durham Television Network (DTN) on Time Warner Cable Channel 8 or AT&T U-verse Channel 99. To view the agendas and recordings of the BOCC’s Regular Session meetings, visit the BOCC’s Website.


The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 28, 2019. For more information about BOCC meetings, contact the Clerk to the Board's Office at (919) 560-0025 or email



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